Arsenal receive double injury boost ahead of Stoke City game

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Jack Wilshere

After an opening day win over Leicester City, Arsenal will take on Stoke City in the next league match this weekend.

Even as rumours continue to swirl about the future of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, manager Arsene Wenger has received a major boost in the form of Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere returning from injury just in time for the game.

Wilshere had been unavailable due to an injury suffered towards the end of last season.Coquelin has been unavailable due to an ankle injury suffered in pre-season.

The return of both players will be a major boost to the club, who might need numbers in the squad in order to handle the rigours of domestic and Europa League football.

Both players were involved in the under 23 game against Derby County. Forgotten defender Kieran Gibbs also featured in the game, as he looks to complete a move away from the Gunners before the end of this transfer window.

Wilshere spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and there has been speculation about a move to the Cherries.

The 25-year-old featured in 27 league appearances for Eddie Howe’s team and managed to come up with two assists. It marks the first time Wilshere has made more than 20 league appearances in a league campaign since 2010-11 season.

Coquelin was a key player for Gunners last season after making 22 starts in the league and was highly influential in the defensive side of things.

The 26-year-old made 2.5 tackles per game – more than any other Arsenal player last season.

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